In the frontier beyond Varick, where the water meets the city, sits a charismatic little neighborhood. It is upon this trapezoidal region that three of downtown's major cultural districts converge. To the north, the West Village - home to sidewalk cafés and residential tranquility. To the east, SoHo - land of cast-iron resplendence, monument to style and commerce. To the south, TriBeCa - where finance and entrepreneurship have transformed a district of industry into a triangle of lofts.

But even with neighbors like these - each with their own entrenched sense of place - this yet-to-be-named quadrant has forged an identity all its own. It combines barely trafficked, broken streets, centuries-old pubs, and old warehouses with art galleries, modern furniture showrooms and digital media companies. And with the rediscovery of an historic park at Greenwich and Canal, and the magnificent Hudson River Park just steps away, there's plenty of neighborhood green space, too. Here, below Houston, above Canal, west of Varick - industrial shabby chic meets digital aesthetic. The traditional meets the virtual. The charms of the old neighborhood coexist with the refinements of contemporary living.
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